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Need advice on i5 2500K build for novice builder

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January 22, 2011 2:02:04 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: This weekend


Budget Range: $600 After Rebates


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Video editing and encoding, HTPC, home office workstation, surfing the internet


Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, HDD


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com


Country of Origin: USA


Parts Preferences: I was originally leaning towards build an AMD machine but after spending the last few weeks reading other threads about the new Intel SB, I'm leaning more towards an Intel 2500K build. I plan on using two DVI monitors and will probably upgrade next year to a newer monitor. This is my first build, I'm tired of bying Dell's that cripple my ability to upgrade. My current computer is a P4 Dell XPS 5 that I've had for approximately 5 years. I'd like to build a system that I can keep for at least the next 3-4 years and is upgradeable in the future.


Overclocking: Maybe


SLI or Crossfire: Maybe


Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024 for both of my current monitors...but will upgrade to a full HD LCD monitor next year


Additional Comments: These are the parts I've selected so far but I need some help making sure everything is compatible and will fit in the case. Appreciate your honest feedback and help.

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thermaltake Armor A60 Gaming Mid-Tower Chassis
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX HD-567X-ZNF3 Radeon HD 5670 1GB 128-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thermaltake TR2 W0388RU 600W ATX 12V v2.2 Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

nMEDIAPC ZE-C68 All-in-one USB 2.0 Card Reader w/ USB Port
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU + MOBO Combo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Comb [...] mbo.575883


Total = $657.92 + $13.18 shipping = $671.10 - $70 MIR = $601.10
January 22, 2011 10:19:28 AM

Your CPU + MB combo link is broken. Should be this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

It all looks ok to me. The RAM and CPU/MB combo are good. I don't know anything about the 5870 graphics card, so can't speak to that.

The power supply is probably fine for your system, but it is pretty low quality. This one is also on sale right now, which makes it only $5 more than the one you listed. Well worth it IMO:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168....

Aside from Corsair just being a more trusted PSU company with likely more reliable products, the main differences are that this supply has a single 12V rail (better for managing current requirements from various components), and it's higher efficiency, so should produce less heat and noise.
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January 23, 2011 12:48:14 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This is a much better deal for the PSU, 50$ right now. Plus the Corsair builder series is far from its older "builder" series. It's much worse and weak on the 12v.

5670 is good enough at that resolution, the next step up would be a GTS 450. Course Eyefinity is sweet so the 5770 would be if you were using like 1600x900 or something. The 5670 is good enough.
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January 23, 2011 1:44:08 AM

How is that better? It has two 12V rails at 22A each, as opposed to the single 40A rail for the Corsair CX. So technically higher current, but you're never going to get the perfect split between the rails, so in reality less capacity. And after MIR the Corsair is actually $5 cheaper at $45.

I agree that the previous CXs were better, but this one is still preferable to that Antec IMO. (I won't argue about it too much more though, since either will be sufficient I'm sure.) :) 
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January 23, 2011 2:40:20 AM

Oh thank you for correcting me chnathan. Sorry for my error. Still, the CX's are kind of a fail compared to before. I think they shoulda left them as is.
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January 26, 2011 3:40:47 AM

Goto TigerDirect.com and buy one of their barebone kits.

For $600 I bought MSI P67 Motherboard, new Intel i5-2500K cpu, Seagate 1TB HD, 24x DVD Drive, 4GBB Ram, EVGA video card, Power Supply and case.

The new i5 2500k is easily overclocked and blows away many of the first generation i7's.


aifranco said:
Approximate Purchase Date: This weekend


Budget Range: $600 After Rebates


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Video editing and encoding, HTPC, home office workstation, surfing the internet


Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, HDD


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com


Country of Origin: USA


Parts Preferences: I was originally leaning towards build an AMD machine but after spending the last few weeks reading other threads about the new Intel SB, I'm leaning more towards an Intel 2500K build. I plan on using two DVI monitors and will probably upgrade next year to a newer monitor. This is my first build, I'm tired of bying Dell's that cripple my ability to upgrade. My current computer is a P4 Dell XPS 5 that I've had for approximately 5 years. I'd like to build a system that I can keep for at least the next 3-4 years and is upgradeable in the future.


Overclocking: Maybe


SLI or Crossfire: Maybe


Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024 for both of my current monitors...but will upgrade to a full HD LCD monitor next year


Additional Comments: These are the parts I've selected so far but I need some help making sure everything is compatible and will fit in the case. Appreciate your honest feedback and help.

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thermaltake Armor A60 Gaming Mid-Tower Chassis
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX HD-567X-ZNF3 Radeon HD 5670 1GB 128-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thermaltake TR2 W0388RU 600W ATX 12V v2.2 Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

nMEDIAPC ZE-C68 All-in-one USB 2.0 Card Reader w/ USB Port
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU + MOBO Combo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Comb [...] mbo.575883


Total = $657.92 + $13.18 shipping = $671.10 - $70 MIR = $601.10

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